Rasolo

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Chief Rasolo of Nayau
Tui Nayau Rasolo
Wives Laufitu
Radavu
Issue
Father Niumataiwalu
Mother Tarau of Tovu Totoya

Rasolo was a Fijian High Chief.[1][2]

Family[edit]

Father of Rasolo was Chief Niumataiwalu of Lakeba. Rasolo’s mother was Lady Tarau of Tovu Totoya.[3]

He was a brother of Lady Sivoki and Uluilakeba I and half-brother of Matawalu.

Rasolo’s first wife was Lady Laufitu. Their son was Malani.

His second wife was from Lakeba. She bore Soroaqali and Lalaciwa to Rasolo. Lady Radavu was the third wife of Rasolo. She bore him Taliai Tupou.

Biography[edit]

Rasolo became the third Roko Sau of the Lau Islands and first installed holder of the title Tui Nayau.[4] According to the oral history,[5] Rasolo was exiled to Nayau.[6]

He is considered to be the progenitor of the noble households Matailakeba and Vatuwaqa.[7]

It was under the rule of Rasolo that the invading Bauan forces were driven from Lakeba.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Transactions and Proceedings of the Fiji Society
  2. ^ Tovata I & II by A. C. Reid
  3. ^ Matanitū: the struggle for power in early Fiji by David Routledge. Institute of Pacific Studies in association with the Fiji Centre Extension Services, University of the South Pacific.
  4. ^ Fijian masi: a traditional art form by Gale Scott Troxler.
  5. ^ The Lau Islands (Fiji) and their fairy tales and folklore by Sir Thomas Reginald St. Johnston.
  6. ^ Mara, Ratu Sir Kamisese: "The Pacific Way: A Memoir"
  7. ^ Pacific Islands Monthly. "The first Tui Nayau was Roko Rasolo, Ratu Sir Kamisese's great-great-great grandfather."